Home' micenet eMag : micenet December 2018 Contents Tell us about you and your role with
Auckland Convention Bureau.
I grew up on Auckland’s beautiful North
Shore, with its beaches and easy-going
lifestyle; it was where my love for the city was
formed. Career-wise, I started in hospitality –
which naturally led to event-work – and now I
work with Australian clients who want to hold
business events in Auckland. I’m an
Aucklander at heart, based in Australia, so I
get to romanticise about the city I love on a
daily basis, helping others fall for it too... it’s
a great job to have!
What do you love most about your role?
Sharing with others a destination that I am so
passionate about, including Auckland’s best
kept secrets. I also enjoy being part of an
expert team and network of suppliers. It’s a
great feeling working with people you can trust
to do a brilliant job, assisting our clients from
beginning to end and blowing them away
with our manaakitanga (warm hospitality).
What makes Auckland a leading
destination for business events?
Auckland is New Zealand’s largest business
events destination which is not surprising
when you consider what it has to offer:
stunning scenery, a culture we are so proud
of, great local food and wine, city sophistication and exciting developments that keeps
Auckland on par with innovative hubs around the world. We’re also closer than you think, with
Auckland being less than four hours from many of Australia’s hubs and regularly serviced.
Delegates will enjoy being whisked away to an international destination, while only travelling a
short distance from home.
Tell us about the latest on the developments currently happening in Auckland.
There’s definitely a buzz in the city, with SO Auckland recently opening under the Sofitel brand
and several hotel developments recently announced, adding another 4000+ rooms to Auckland
over the next five years. This is particularly notable for Auckland’s luxury sector, with world-
renowned brands like Four Points by Sheraton, Ritz Carlton, Park Hyatt and Hotel Indigo
entering the market for the first time. It’s great to see some of the world’s leading hotel brands
opening their doors – perfectly timed to cater for the numbers of people we expect to see from
2020 onwards due to the opening of the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC).
The NZICC is a game changer for business events in New Zealand. It is five times larger
than our current largest convention facilities and will be capable of hosting conferences of
around 3150 people. The city’s waterfront will be revitalised in time for the America’s Cup and
the area for the America’s Cup village will include a new over-water space that will be used well
into the future.
What’s the most surprising thing about Auckland you’ve learnt recently?
One weird fact is that there are currently 90 cranes dotting Auckland’s skyline! It’s a city on the
move with tremendous growth underway. Otherwise, the sheer amount of innovation and
entrepreneurial activity happening in Auckland is something that is constantly surprising me.
I hear about some new project every other week that never fails to amaze – like GridAKL in
Wynyard Quarter’s innovation precinct.
Where can I find out more about Auckland?
I travel regularly throughout Australia and am always available to answer any questions. We run
several famil programs throughout the year in Auckland and you’ll see us at most Australian
industry tradeshows and events. Feel free to reach out to me or visit our website. m
NEW ZEALAND | BRAD FOSTER
Australia BDM for the Auckland
Convention Bureau, Katrina O’Donnell,
is naturally a big fan of the city she
promotes. Here she tells readers why.
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Conventions and Incentives New Zealand has added give-back
elements to its conferences and is helping organisers to do the same.
CINZ SETS UP CSR RESOURCE
FOR EVENT ORGANISERS
have it all
Choose to have it all in Auckland, a place where city style and natural
beauty go hand in hand. Together with Auckland Convention Bureau's
free, expert advice and assistance every step of the way, creating
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responsibility (CSR) was high
on the agenda at the recent
CINZ Annual Conference and AGM in
Auckland. She told delegates CINZ is
creating a new industry resource to provide a
snapshot of the key information organisers
need to add a give-back component to their
events. Worthy CSR opportunities will be
listed on the CINZ website for event planners
seeking advice and ideas.
“We want to ensure all incentive and
conference groups coming to New Zealand
have an opportunity to weave CSR into their programs,” she says.
“CINZ gives back to local communities at every annual conference we run. At our conference
in Auckland, CINZ donated 200 lunches to school children through award-winning social
enterprise Eat My Lunch, at the same time providing lunch for delegates at the conference
venue, Cordis Auckland.
“This year we delivered an inspirational and powerful social message with a pre-lunch talk by
Eat My Lunch founder, Lisa King. All our delegates loved their lunchbox and even more, they
loved knowing another lunch was being given to a hungry school student at the same time.”
In 2014, CINZ gave backpacks full of educational gear to children from a local school in
Rotorua. The following year in Christchurch, they gave cricket gear to a local school, and had
Sir Richard Hadlee coach the kids during lunch break at Hagley Oval. Last year in Dunedin,
CINZ donated money for tree planting along the Otago Peninsula.
“Our CSR tool is going to be an essential industry resource for event organisers, and we see
this as an important opportunity for CINZ to take the lead,” Ms Sullivan said. m
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